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The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Eric Foner, Manisha Sinha (moderator)
Wed, October 2nd, 2019 | 6:30 PM | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10

Note: This event is sold out



Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans have fought—sometimes to the death—over who should be considered equal under the law. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond, the evolution of birthright citizenship, equitable voting rights, and due process reveals an ongoing cycle of progression and regression, forged by landmark legislation and ceaseless efforts to undermine that legislation. Historians discuss the vigilance that has been necessary to secure basic rights.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is the author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. Manisha Sinha (moderator) is Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

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